The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
There are a lot of kids aging out of foster care with no place to go. Housing, like everywhere else in Florida, is either lacking or expensive
VBS has been transformed into a “Serve Your World Camp,” with the idea that no one is ever too young to serve.
Students learned about manna from heaven and the exodus of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and their flight through the parted Red Sea.
The “mail call” idea is that the homeless, who are referred to as guests, can receive mail addressed to them in care of the church. It has turned into a lifeline for many.
Over the past decade, Joining Hands Mission has grown its ministry from a simple Sunday breakfast into a community-wide network of loving and caring people who provide essential services for the less-fortunate citizens of Pasco County.
The congregation learned of the love Native Americans have for Jesus and how they incorporate their Christianity with their tribal customs.
The idea was to pray for the community, its doctors, teachers, children and firefighters.
Miami Lakes is expanding its Celebrate Recovery program to include not just alcohol and drug addicts, but also those who suffer from anxiety and depression or other types of addictions.
The ministry is organized and headed by a coalition between the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Suncoast.
A new ministry at Harvest United Methodist Church helps teens identify their gifts and strengths, value the gifts and strengths of others and lead by example.
As Rachel read stories of homes destroyed in Panama City, Mexico Beach and elsewhere from Hurricane Michael, God whispered in her ear: Why not spruce up the trailer and donate it to the relief effort to provide housing for those in dire need?
The group is populated primarily by church members who don't enjoy traditional Bible study and former members who are willing to re-engage and give the church a second, less-traditional look.
The ecumenical Thanksgiving service is just one of the church’s commitments to its community.
Keystone UMC celebrated its 150th anniversary on Nov. 18.
North Naples Church held its first Fall for Naples event on Oct. 20 on the grounds of the church and The Village School.
Through the Roof is a special-needs ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, and it works with people from many churches throughout the area. Phyllis Parthemer heads the ministry, ...
Broadway UMC in Orlando provides all area fire engines with the latest equipment to save an animal's life.
The church has also partnered with Instruments of Change, which successfully started four other school bands in Hillsborough County. The program is designed to teach students more than just how to play a musical instrument.
The angels are cut and sewn from the uniforms of military personnel who have been deployed and returned safely.
A tiny old church tucked in the heart of downtown St. Cloud is accomplishing huge things for the area’s downtrodden. Pastor Wilma Reyes of First United Methodist Church calls their ministries nothing short of a miracle.
A special evening of fellowship and painting dubbed by First Lakeland as Paint Night is bringing families together for some wholesome, church fun.
The need at Sandy Lane Elementary was greater than normal, and that’s when church member Faye Williams sprang into action to make sure that urgent need was met.
In July, a team of five representatives from First UMC of Fort Lauderdale spent a week in Guyana doing what Senior Pastor Jill Auman called “renewing our commitment” to the Ruimveldt Children’s Home and Care Center.
Since 2015, the aim of the camp has been to instill a spirit of service and volunteerism in children, beyond what a regular Vacation Bible School experience could do.
Love in Action Pompano Beach volunteers serve a hot meal each Sunday to more than 200 people from the surrounding community.
It all started when church member Suzanne Tedder realized the women attending the weekly Bible study were having a bit of summer cabin fever, eager to escape the chaos of running the kids here, there and everywhere.
Many generous participants of all ages from Beach Church in Jacksonville went on a special shopping trip to help restock BEAM's (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) food pantry.
A year after the girls organized and built an outdoor food pantry at First United Methodist Church of Port Orange, the service project continues to meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
A special section in the back of the fellowship center is reserved for babies, toddlers and children up to 8 years old so they can play quietly and still participate in the service.
On June 24, a planned brush fire burned out of control, destroying the homes of 36 families and 1,000 acres in Eastpoint, a community of about 2,300.
About six months after the holidays, food pantries tend to be a little bare. And with school about to start, institutions with mostly students from low-income homes are in dire need of supplies.
HandsOn Broward presented New Horizon UMC’s Rev. Peytyn Tobin with its 2018 Changemaker Award at the nonprofit’s annual Youth Impact Awards in early May.
Venice-based writer Ed Scott remembers a life-changing mission trip to Uganda over 10 years ago led by Rev. Derrough, who passed away on June 30.
First United Methodist Church of Melbourne is embarking on a major construction project that will radically transform the historic church.
Getting slimed has become a tradition at Palm Harbor UMC.
The church was named Business Partner of the Year by the Florida Department of Education Commissioners Business Recognition Awards.
The camp, which ran from June 4-14, has been ongoing for the past 15 years. It concluded its fourth year at the North Naples Church campus.
Bill and Laura Roy of St. John UMC, Sebring, will go wherever they are called to serve the church.
Team Grace is a group of friends, neighbors and families from all over the central Florida area. This year, the team raised more than $45,000.
Burt Bennett of Alva (Florida) United Methodist Church encourages others to be fully present with people and show genuine care and interest.
In May, the United Methodist Women donated a Pack and Play crib filled to the brim with baby supplies — diapers, onesies, knitted things and supplies.
“We have a huge desire to invest in the next generation, and we want to develop a pipeline of ministerial staff that can be part of our church, a campus we start in the future or in another church.” —Pastor Carey Sumner
Steady headwind with gusts of 30 mph, 40-degree temps, unceasing rain and even a kidney donation couldn't stop him from hitting the pavement.
Billy and Mary Ann Deters, a couple from St. Andrew UMC in Titusville became the first deaf persons from the Florida Conference to complete the UMC Advanced Certified Lay Servant training.
Despite a tense history of racism within the Wildwood community, two churches partner in worship setting an example for healing and positive change.
The April celebration brought an amazing collection of people together who had combined their efforts to help the couple.
Senior Pastor David Juliano and his wife, Alison, spearheaded the drive to create this unique non-stop prayer meeting, which ultimately will serve the community at large, not just the church.
With a new influx of millennials joining its congregation, San Marco Church in Jacksonville started holding its Sunday night bible study, Brews and Hebrews, at a local microbrewery. Many stay long after the brew glasses are empty.
In April 2018, a blue pinwheel garden was planted off U.S. Highway 301 in Wildwood, the results of a church partnership with Kids Central raising awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
While still in the throes of major renovations to their hurricane-damaged church property, this Jacksonville church continued finding ways to serve the surrounding community.